Engineers at Meta, Facebook''s mum or dad business, have learned how they were in a position to provide totally free memory through a software program called Transparent Memory Offloading (TMO).
It is now a component of the Linux kernel and, in a nutshell, quickly outloads knowledge to other storage tiers (e.g. Samsung''s CX memory expander) that are less high-cost and more power successful than memory.
TMO has been jogging on hundreds of thousands of Facebook servers for over a year, conserving up to just about a third of memory per server. Whilst this is likely to be significant across dozens or even hundreds of servers, the enormous scale of Fbs presents a peculiar challenge.
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The world''s largest social network has over a billion monthly active customers and hundreds of thousands of servers across the globe. Every server should have a 128GB RAM on normal, which would be around $1 billion worth of memory, according to the researchers. That is because Fb is expected to have at least two million servers, according to the fact that the average cost of $4 per GB (DDR4 ECC RAM) is estimated to be significantly higher.
The salaries of employees who worked on TMO showed that the price of memory accounts for a third of Metas server monthly bill of materials, with compressed RAM and SSD accounting for considerably less than 11%. Much more worryingly, the cost burden of RAM (as a part of the entire infrastructure) has over doubled considering that Fb began its to start with server generation (it really is at the moment on the fourth).
The benefits of implementing TMO are significant, particularly due to a reduction in efficiency. But the benefits in terms of electric power and memory costs, much, outweigh the limitations and foreseeable future iterations merged with hardware advancements (e.g. a lot quicker SSD or CXL drives) will yield even further limitations.